Opinion

Thank You Note: Two-day Phoenix program success

Friday, March 13, 2015

To the editor: On March 9 and March 10, 17 Conant High School students and four adults attended the two-day Phoenix Leadership Conference held at the United Church of Jaffrey. Expertly facilitated by Diane Fukuda of Microcatheter Components, attendees identified personal values and goals with strategies for achievement. Students and adults explored personal leadership skills such as value identification, positive mental attitude, responsibility and problem solving techniques. Many thanks to … 0

Letters: Smokers putting themselves at risk

Friday, March 13, 2015

To the editor: Many may not realize that this year the period from April 6 to April 10 is known as National Public Health Week. Each of these five days has an individual goal to be achieved, and as a whole, the week is intended to bring awareness to public health issues. There is a wide range of public health issues and some … 0

Letters: Hunting is not compassionate

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

To the editor: I would like to thank Liz Thomas for her letter of March 12 regarding the “proud trapper.” Liz and I share the same belief of what “compassionate” means, which in no way matches the belief of the “proud trapper.” I will never attach the word compassionate to any trapper or hunter. To do so is putting a spin on something … 0

Letters: Re: the business environment

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To the editor: Your “NH’s Business Environment” viewpoints in the March 17 edition brought to mind a favorite quote: “I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must … 0

Viewpoint: State budget could hurt students, taxpayers

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

House Bill 1 — the biennial state budget bill — is currently going through the House, where the budget is being cut dramatically. The cuts being considered now could make the tax burden on our local districts be seen in our towns. With the declining enrollment in ConVal … 0

Editorial: Francestown is trying to move on

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

While the Francestown public is still awaiting the full story behind the quick succession of officers leaving their Police Department, there is some relief in knowing the department now has some leadership. There’s a new officer in charge, Bennington Police Chief Steve Campbell, as well as an administrative … 0

Letters: Equality and net neutrality

Thursday, March 5, 2015

To the editor: I am very strongly in favor of net neutrality, which the FCC has just re-established after the Supreme Court had decided against an earlier version of net neutrality. Neutrality is consonant with the declaration that “All men are created equal.” But there’s so much more. … 0

Letters: The global warming scare

Thursday, March 12, 2015

To the editor: The environment is key to our survival. In response to John Kondos’s Feb. 26 viewpoint article, he writes that weather-related disaster costs have risen from an average of $50 billion per year in the 1980s to over $200 billion per year in the last decade, … 0

Letters: Ayotte makes us look silly

Friday, March 13, 2015

To the editor: I was appalled to learn that our Sen. Kelly Ayotte was a signatory to the Republican letter to the foreign government of Iran. I thought someone from the great state of New Hampshire would exercise better judgment and common sense. At best, the letter makes … 0

Letter: Accuracy matters when lives are lost

Monday, March 23, 2015

To the editor: It is all too common to hear whenever there is mention of Hitler’s atrocities in his notorious concentration camps that six million people perished there. The number is almost 50 percent too low, for 11 million people perished there. The correct number matters not only … 0

Viewpoint: Drive 55, and make a big difference

Friday, March 20, 2015

Reduce, reuse, recycle was a theme that ran through the Ledger-Transcript and Monadnock Center-sponsored forum on energy earlier this month. Since we have no choice but to reuse and recycle all our planetary air, reducing atmospheric contaminants is urgent. Here are some facts I’d like to share that … 0

Viewpoint: How the conversation inspired me

Friday, March 20, 2015

As Gordon Peery, the highly competent facilitator, introduced the March 10 Community Conversation, he warned us that climate change is such an overwhelming crisis, we need to focus on the small steps that we can take as individuals. A perfectly reasonable and understandable framework for a meeting, and … 1

Viewpoint: Payback for making a commitment

Friday, March 20, 2015

Some of the actions to reduce our personal carbon footprint require simple lifestyle changes; some require relatively low-cost attention to detail with a short-term payback in energy savings; and some require taking a long-term view with a larger up-front investment that has a longer return on investment. It … 0